Hiking The Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria “Seven Summits”
The huge Saalbach Hinterglemm Ski Circus has 400 kilometers/250 miles of well-marked trails in the summer. Whether you strike out on your own, prefer guided tours by the tourist association or take to the trails with children – you will have an enjoyable experience! Grab the free book detailing everything you’d ever want to know about 31 different hikes; difficulty, how many kilometers/miles, change in altitude, average amount of time to hike. Walking guides also divide hikes into four different themes: “Hiking on our highest peaks” – “Panoramic walks with a great view” – “Walking with the whole family” and “Theme paths”
Four operating cable cars, and 40 mountain huts use the Joker Card, WanderCard and Alpine Pass.
Effective Summer 2011, sure-footed and experienced mountain hikers can challenge themselves on the “Seven Summits of Saalbach Hinterglemm”. This nearly 24-kilometer/12 mile hiking tour goes over the highest summits of the Glemmtal and is only for the physically fit.
What is the “Seven Summits” Tour like?
– First collect a Seven Summits Chip at the cash desk or lift staff of the Schattberg X-Press before you start; you can only log into the summit terminals with a chip!
– Begin at the Seven Summits Tour at the Schattberg X-Press and ride to the top. The well marked path leads from Stemmerkogel over Hochkogel to the most difficult climb of the tour – the Hochsaalbachkogel. The tour continues over Barensteigkogel, Manlitz, and Mittagskogel to the final highlight and highest peak of the Glemmvalley, the Geifstein at 2,363 meters/8,638 feet before beginning a difficult descent of the Birgel to the end of the valley.
– There are no cabins along the route! Plan carefully. Consider the weather. Bring sufficient food, water and carry clothing for all eventualities. I’ve hiked up mountains wearing shorts, under a brilliant and hot sun only to experience a snow storm at the top. Always remember – mountains make their own weather.
The Seven Summits is far beyond my hiking ability and very Schwer (hard in German).
Up for a challenge this summer? Go for it…